HOW TO COMMISSION
RESERVE OFFICERS' TRAINING CORPS (ROTC)
Guard Soldiers who join ROTC can earn their commission as they earn their degree while in the Guard's Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP).
OFFICER CANDIDATE SCHOOL (OCS)
A physically and mentally challenging course designed to transform first-time Soldiers or those with prior military experience into strong, effective leaders.
This commission is based on previous experience and proven capabilities, which take the place of your initial training.
OFFICERS WITHOUT DEGREES
If you're an officer candidate or company-grade officer, the National Guard can help you complete your bachelor's degree from an accredited institution prior to your promotion to the rank of captain.